Look Cavs Blow Out Celtics in Boston

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The Celtics now own the best record in the conference. And Pierce balked at sharing the stage with him on Sunday, Cleveland's only other trip to Boston. Usually new additions look to prove themselves out of the gate. He was apparently so bad for the Cavaliers that he had to go.

"Attention to detail was at an all-time high this season", LeBron told ABC afterwards.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas joined the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in a deadline trade which could pave the way for a possible bid to lure LeBron James to California. It's Gilbert telling LeBron, and Cavs fans everywhere, that the owner is still all in, and that the ball is now in LeBron's court. The Cavs essentially gave up on Thomas after he played only 15 games following a 7?-month layoff because of a torn labrum in his right hip, sending him to the Lakers. His time with the Cavs was an unmitigated disaster. But when LeBron went to the bench in the first quarter after banging knees with Aron Baynes, Cleveland held its own against one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association.

What do you think of the Isaiah Thomas trade, Laker fans?

Another trade Cleveland executed was a three-team trade with the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz. Rose, who spent past year with the Knicks, has since received a buyout.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball as he guarded by Daniel Theis of the Boston Celtics during a game at TD Garden on Feb. 11 2018
Look Cavs Blow Out Celtics in Boston

Most importantly, the Cavs hope the trades can improve their defense. That means Hood could start alongside Smith at times, or Cleveland could go bigger, presumably with Nance or Jeff Green, when the opponent calls for it. Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood combined for 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting. Lillard had eight three-pointers and made all 10 of his free-throw attempts. Perhaps the most immediate impact we'll see from Clarkson will be on the defensive end of the floor where he is an vast upgrade over both Thomas and Wade. "He's a veteran so he can understand the flow of the game and then once we get our plays down and defensively what we want to do, then you could see a lineup change". In the previous two seasons, the Cavs also struggled at times during the regular season. That was also the case this season but it was more than that.

"It's not about what the other guys didn't bring or what these guys bring", James said on ESPN. "We want to build those habits all the way to the postseason".

It better. Because in the long term, the Cavs are taking on money and years in some of the contracts they brought on board.

Whether the restructuring is enough to persuade James to remain in Cleveland however is an open question. However, with the deadline hours away, James put together a 37-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound game on Wednesday that he capped with a buzzer-beating shot in overtime to edge Minnesota. He's having fun again.

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